Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Courses in Writing (WRI)

WRI 105 Writing Tutorial 1cr

Students contract with writing faculty for a semester's sustained contact with a writing tutor under the faculty member's supervision. The student and faculty member define a focused area for instruction and describe the standards that will indicate the student's successful achievement of an agreed upon goal. Pass/fail is the only grading option. Successful completion of the contract earns a single credit. May be repeated for a second single credit as WRI 206.

WRI 120 College Composition I 4cr

Students develop their thinking through expository prose. They work toward improved organization and clarity by writing multiple drafts of their assignments and participating in peer reviews. Students practice locating, integrating, and citing primary or secondary source material into their writing, and they learn to edit their own writing, checking for correct usage, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation. Although sections of College Composition I are organized thematically, the goal of all instruction is that students become familiar with the process needed to produce clear, polished, expository prose.
Triad: College Composition I

WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction 4cr

Neither the structure of creative writing nor the conventions within which it functions are evident to most casual readers. This course will expose students to the craft and technique of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by acquainting them with some of the conventions and terminology of each genre. We will also look at several writers' work and ways of working, explore the uses of the workshop and its demands and rewards, and practice ways to give and receive feedback. Having completed writing exercises for each genre, read the published work of professional authors, and examined some aspects of technique in all the genres, students will produce small portfolios of their own work. This course is a prerequisite for WRI 210, WRI 211, WRI 212, and WRI 213.
Triad: Artistic Expression

WRI 142 Introduction to Writing for the Media 4cr

Students will study and practice writing in a variety of media formats, focusing on newspaper, magazine, public relations, and website content. The class will also spend time examining the media's role in society. Through readings, visiting speakers, class discussion, and practice, students will gain an understanding of the distinctions among media formats and other types of writing while recognizing shared elements. They will write and edit feature and news articles, new releases, letters, descriptive copy, and website content. Students will also have the flexibility to explore their interests in media writing.

WRI 177 ESL Composition I 4cr

Students whose first language is not English engage in extensive study and practice in oral and written composition. In addition to in-class writing exercises and discussions, students submit several short formal papers and also rewrite those papers as necessary. Students consult individually with the instructor on each paper, design exercises to fit individual needs, and, when possible, write essays on subjects of their choice.

WRI 178 ESL Composition II 4cr

Students whose first language is not English continue written and oral practice and instruction in English. They participate in discussion and oral presentation, write several short papers, prepare regular reading assignments, and complete grammar exercises as needed.
Prerequisite: WRI 177 ESL Composition I or permission of instructor.

WRI 199 Independent Study 1-4cr

WRI 201-205 Advanced Composition 4cr

Students with well-established writing skills wishing to refine abilities in writing nonfiction prose may work in either a tutorial or class setting to fulfill self-designed writing projects.
Triad: College Composition II

WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting 4cr

Students write scenes and a one-act play. The significance of character, motivation, voice, dialogue, tension, action, conflict, and other elements of dramatic craft are discussed and demonstrated. Student scenes are acted in class as a part of the workshop process. May be repeated for credit as WRI 310.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction or permission of instructor.

WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry 4cr

Students write and revise original compositions in verse. The aim of the course is to help students develop an understanding of the craft of poetry and its application in their own writing, and to improve their critical skills in the reading of poems by others. These skills are fostered by writing and revising poems, doing annotations of work by published poets, and actively taking part in the process of the workshop. Students complete a portfolio of poems, which includes early and final drafts and annotations. May be repeated for credit as WRI 311.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction or permission of instructor.

WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction 4cr

Students write and revise, aided by workshop response, two or more short stories. The course helps students to recognize the elements of craft involved in writing fiction, to apply them in their own work, and to identify them in the work of others. Students are helped to develop useful response to their peers' work. Students complete a portfolio of short stories, which includes early and more finished drafts and annotations of the work of published fiction writers. May be repeated for credit as WRI 315.
Triad: Artistic Expression .
Prerequisite: WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction or permission of instructor.

WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 4cr

Students write and revise several pieces and, in that process, are exposed to a range of strategies for writing articles and essays. Students read and study the work of published authors with the goal of identifying the elements of nonfiction craft and finding a nonfiction "mentor." Work may range from the personal essay to the investigative article that depends on research and interviews. Students are helped to develop useful response to their peers' work, an essential element of workshop participation. Students may also explore requirements of specific publications and study the process of submitting query letters or completed work. May be repeated for credit as WRI 316.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction or permission of instructor.

WRI 220 Writing About Place 4cr

Students develop a heightened awareness of their environment through reading, writing, and experiencing the immediate surroundings in the Swannanoa Valley. Students read classic and current nature writing, one of the liveliest genres of nonfiction. Weekly writing assignments culminate in two extensive writing projects that are presented to the class. One may be submitted to an off-campus publication.
Triad: College Composition II or Artistic Expression

WRI 230 Modern English Grammar 2cr

Students work to achieve a thorough command of English grammar and syntax so that they can edit well their own and others' expository writing.

WRI 232 Argumentation 4cr

An intensive study of the theory and practice of argumentation, together with some consideration of the ethics of public deliberation. Selected classics in rhetoric (e.g., Plato's Gorgias, Mill's On Liberty) will be read and discussed. Classroom debate and a researched extended argumentative essay are among the major projects.
Triad: Composition II

WRI 290-298 Special Topics in Writing 2-4cr

Students undertake in-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of Writing. The course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

WRI 299 Independent Study 1-4cr

WRI 312 Advanced Fiction Workshop 4cr

Students already familiar with writing fiction generate and revise new work and develop long- term goals that they can begin to approach with the help of this course. Students bring fiction to workshop for feedback to help in the revision process, discuss structure and technique in published fiction, often in the form of written annotations, and complete writing exercises related to discussions of craft. Students meet individually with the course instructor to review the progress of their work.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction and permission of instructor

WRI 313 Advanced Poetry Workshop

Students already familiar with writing poetry generate and revise new work and develop long- term goals that they can begin to approach with the help of this course. Students bring their poetry to workshop for feedback to help them in the revision process, complete writing exercises related to the discussion of craft, and look at the structure and technique in published poetry, frequently in the form of written annotations. Students meet individually with the course instructor to review the progress of their work.
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisites: WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction and permission of instructor.

WRI 316 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Students already familiar with writing creative nonfiction generate and revise new work and develop long-term goals they can begin to approach with the help of this course. Students bring nonfiction to the workshop for feedback to help on the revision process, discuss structure and technique in published nonfiction, often in the form of written annotations, and complete writing exercises related to the discussion of the craft. Students meet individually with the course instructor to review the progress of their work.
Prerequisites: WRI 140 Creative Writing Introduction and WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting or permission of instructor.

WRI 320 Environmental Journalism 4cr

Students read and write pieces that can be categorized along a continuum extending from nature writing to environmental journalism. A strong emphasis is placed on the students' use in their writing assignments of information gained from careful observation and research. The class is visited by environmental educators, journalists, and creative writers who share their experience and insights in the field. Students collectively practice their editorial skills in crafting selected work for submission for publication.
Triad: College Composition II or Artistic Expression

WRI 381 Research in Creative Writing 4cr

This course is founded on the argument that good writing is supported and sustained by good information. Students relatively new to creative writing (and many readers) are not aware of the substantial work many creative writers do to give their work a solid grounding in fact. Students may develop projects in poetry, fiction or nonfiction that draw upon previous studies in both creative writing and other subjects. They will link these projects to the pursuit of information discovered through individual research, current course work in other subjects, and the assistance of librarians and other faculty, when appropriate. Students will develop a research plan specific to their project(s). We will read work of published authors to detect the underpinning that research provides.
Prerequisites: WRI 140 Creative Writing Introduction and either WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting or WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry or WRI 222 Creative Writing: Fiction or permission of instructor.

WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency 2 or 4cr

This course allows advanced undergraduate writing students who may have an interest in eventually pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in writing to see a low-residency program in action. Students are present for the ten-day January residency of the College's MFA Program, where they attend readings, lectures, and the courses offered by graduating MFA students. They participate in their own writing workshop, which will extend into the third term and will entail writing and revising poetry and short fiction, reading the work of professional authors, writing critical annotations, and carefully critiquing the work of their peers. May be repeated for credit as WRI 395
Triad: Artistic Expression
Prerequisite: : A 200 level course in Poetry or Fiction and permission of instructor.

WRI 399 Independent Study 1-4cr

WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio: Professional Practices 2cr

This course offers guidance to senior creative writing majors, creative writing minors, and those with the creative writing concentration in the English major as they complete their senior writing project. The course helps them to schedule and prepare for their senior reading, and it initiates a discussion, with the help of occasional guests, about the rest of the students' lives as writers including graduate school, careers for writers, submitting work, publishing, and writers' organizations.
Prerequisite: Standing as a senior creative writing major or minor or an English major with a concentration in writing or permission of instructor.

WRI 485 Creative Writing Internship 1-8cr

An internship is a credit-bearing, carefully planned, short-term, well-supervised work experience related to the student's academic field. The student and faculty supervisor will agree to a periodic self-evaluation. A more extensive written reflection may also be required. Students should see the Director of Undergraduate Writing for a description of internship conditions and an internship form.
Prerequisites: Standing as a junior or senior and prior approval of a written proposal by a supervisor and the Director of Undergraduate Writing.

WRI 490-498 Special Topics in Writing 2-4cr

Students undertake in-depth consideration of a topic of particular concern within the disciplines of writing. The course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

WRI 499 Independent Study 1-4cr